While scrolling through Google reader earlier today, I noticed an interesting change of roles – at least for 2 articles in particular. What I found intriguing about the 2 is that the contents of each pander to the opposite side of the spectrum, in regards to feminism, as they usually do.
Thereâ€™s just one fly in the decoupage: There are virtually no male sellers on Etsy. If the site is such a great way for anyone to market handmade goods online, then why is it such a female ghetto?
I’m not even going to go into the ways that “female ghetto” could be interpreted, considering the writer’s obvious disdane for Etsy.com. Okay, so we know a couple of rad ladies with Etsy stores (Surly Amy and Noadi – I’m sure there are more that I just don’t know off the top of my head). Well it turns out there’s a Men of Etsy blog with an extensive list of male sellers. A couple of them stood out as particularly nifty to me (Accents by Dave, John Clark and Spaghetti Kiss).
Thereâ€™s little evidence that most sellers on the site make much money. This, I suspect, explains the absence of men. They are immune to the allure of this fantasy. They have evaluated the site on purely economic terms and found it wanting.
Really? Women fall for fantastical illusions that, as you put it, are “akin to the lottery”? A great deal of sellers on Etsy are stay at home moms, selling their handmade goods as a secondary income. To them, spending their day with their children while putting naptime to good use is a perfectly suitable lifestyle, and it’s a bit brusque to damn them for doing so.
*Ahem* Rant over.
This is really cool: The Iranian Presidential campaign is rallying around women’s rights.
“Iranian women can be a major force and now candidates are realizing our support can deliver them victory and credibility,” says Elahe Koulaee, a professor of political science at Tehran University and a former parliament member.
Out of the Middle Eastern countries, Iran has the highest percentage of educated women and eligible female voters. Women in the area must still abide by dress codes and rules of conduct, but with a rise in women’s rights activism, the idea of equality may finally be making some headway.
In April, a spectrum of secular and conservative women’s-rights activists formed a coalition and made a list of demands from Iran’s next president.
That’s right, secular feminists in the Middle East are trying to get their voices heard. What an incredible jump for an area in such constant turmoil! I will definitely be keeping an eye on this story. I hope you will, too.